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Re #107 by Miranda:

1) This is a great article.<

Of course - except that 99.9 is 3 significant figures, rather than 3 decimal places. (Mathematical purity, which I can't help!)

Before I get my coat and leave, etc., I'd like to contrast your experience:

2) I spent my devoutly and intensely Catholic childhood and adolescence immersed in the Bible

  • with mine.
  • I underwent high school education in the 1960s in Glasgow, when the dead hand of the Church of Scotland still had influence on childrens' education.

    The rules were that The Bible had to be studied every morning during the half-hour registration (form) class. The Headmaster, a raging bible-thumper, would make random inspections of the form classes to ensure that The Work was on the desks in front of the kids. Failure in this regard resulted in teacher being disciplined.

    My form master, who happened to be also my French teacher and (I now realise), a closet unbeliever, solved the problem by placing copies of the New Testament in French on every desk. So we could learn something useful (i.e. the French language), while he was still protected from the ravages of the deluded head honcho.


    Sun, 20 May 2012 21:53:42 UTC | #942506

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    Comment 2 by alaskansee

    Well done Paula, no slip ups and you didn't let Beattie (radio Scotland, I thought I should listen in Paula's native language) get away with too much.

    I agree totally. However, Paula was granted just about 5 minutes in a programme lasting over an hour. Most of the rest, I think, was taken up with discussions about a bankrupt football club. (I didn't listen live, but skimmed back and forth with iPlayer.)

    Not untypical around here. "The Herald" has devoted about 4 pages in each of the last four issues to the same football story while Warsi is trying to get us into the Holy Sack.

    We have a way to go ...

    Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:24:00 UTC | #918586

    Go to: Britain must be a country where people can be proud of their religion

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    I don't normally dip out of here to read the comments in the "Torygraph".

    However, this time I skimmed them. Getting as far as the comments timed at 14:30 (most of which were quite literate, in fact), I couldn't find a single one in support of Warsi's ramblings.

    One correspondent reckoned that the comments were 99: 1 against her : but I guess s/he has more statistical patience than I.

    Who was responsible for getting this unelectable buffoon-ette into Government?

    If there ever was a case for abolishing the House of Lords, Warsi demonstrates it handsomely.

    Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:10:48 UTC | #885074

    Go to: Religion has been a positive force in culture

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    I'm not usually given to clapping my hands in front of my monitor, but after Christopher's closing remarks, I did.

    Mon, 03 Oct 2011 21:48:11 UTC | #877598

    Go to: How to refute creationist nonsense on transitional species

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    Dear Cat:

    If you've got your hands on "The Magic of Reality", look at Richard's text and David McKean's l-o-o-o-n-g illustration in Chapter 2. I think that does the job.

    Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:49:57 UTC | #877420

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